A Message from Co-Founder Kate

Hey friends,

Kate here.  I've been struggling with today's blog post for a while now, as I have some news to share with everyone that I've (honestly) been trying to avoid, as it's extremely bittersweet.  So, instead of beating around the bush any longer, I'm just going to say it...

As of June 1st, I will no longer be part owner of Gather & Mill.

This decision hasn't been an easy one to make because I truly LOVE what Erica and I have created together.  I've been passionate about this business since the beginning, and am so grateful for the experiences and memories made here.  But the time has come for me to move on...  and thankfully, I have my business partner & friend's blessing, support & understanding as I move forward on my life's journey.

This decision may seem sudden, but I've been reflecting for months over this, and have realized it's a necessary one.  You see, it's almost impossible to juggle owning two businesses while also being a present mom to my kids, who are growing faster than I ever imagined.  They are my first priority, and I need to slow down a little bit, and be there for them.

This is a life lesson that doesn't come easy.  It's hard to move on from this business, when I've invested so much personal time, energy and love into something so wonderful.  In just a year, we've brought the community together and created a beautiful curated shop which supports small & local businesses and artists!  I'm honored and proud to be a part of something so fulfilling, even for a short while.

But, it ISN'T totally goodbye; I'll still be around to take photos for the shop's website, social media & advertising...  and I'll occasionally work behind the counter!  This makes the "break-up" a little easier to digest.  And most importantly, I know that the shop will be in good hands.  Erica won't be drastically changing anything: the spirit of our collective goals will live on.  Workshops will remain & awesome gifts made by talented artisans will always be available.  I'm personally excited to see what will manifest from here, because I know anything Erica creates is magnificent.

Also, I'm happy to say that Erica will have additional support from our amazing part-time employee, Kelsey, who will be at the shop more often.  Kelsey is passionate about our mission, and eager to learn about our artisans & help them thrive.  I couldn't think of a better person to help us through this transition!  We will be adding a photo and bio about her on the website soon, so be sure to check that out, and also, please give her a warm welcome when you visit Gather & Mill next time!

Last but not least, I want to thank you for supporting our small business this past year.  We've gotten so much tremendous feedback from our artisans and customers alike, which has helped our business evolve and grow.  You've helped the dream come to fruition and we appreciate you all so much.

It's been a beautiful year, Grass Valley.  Thank you once again for the great memories and friendships made as Gather & Mill co-founder and owner.  I'll be seeing you.


Kate White

News & Updates for the New Year!

Hey friends!

Can you believe 2017 is already over?!  We're welcoming 2018 with open arms and are so excited to make new memories with our community.  For a full update on the holiday season and future events, please visit the link below, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter!

News & Updates

Have a HAPPY New Year!!

With love and gratitude,
Kate White & Erica Henderson
The Gather & Mill Gals

Mini Session Dates Announced - in our new *GARDEN SPACE!*

Hi friends,

We've got some exciting news!  The garden space at GATHER & MILL has been getting cleaned up and ready to use for gatherings, workshops and photo sessions!  With it's beautiful light, climbing ivy, building's character and quiet, private setting, it's the perfect backdrop for any occasion.  We can accommodate gatherings in the garden for up to 30 people, and style it according to your personal taste with Tin Roof Farmhouse rentals (who's showroom occupies half of our warehouse space, and is open to the public everyday from 11-5pm to browse for inspiration).

That being said, we're kicking off our garden opening by announcing upcoming Mini-Sessions with photography by Katie White.  Each mini session will be styled by TRF rentals to fit the seasonal theme.  Mini Sessions are $200 and include 30 minutes in front of the camera, plus 15+ edited images via online gallery with photo release to download images and print.

Fall Themed Sessions:
9/17, 10/21, 10/22

Holiday Themed Sessions:
11/19 & 12/9

Check your calendar & sign up today!!  Just fill out the following form to specify your preferred dates and times... we'll get back to you shortly to confirm everything.

Katie White & Erica Henderson

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Available Dates for Fall Themed Sessions: 9/17, 10/21, 10/22 Available Dates for Holiday Themed Sessions: 11/19 and 12/9
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9:30am 10am 10:30am 11am 11:30am If evenings are better for you, please let us know and we may be able to accommodate your request! :)
From our 2016 Fall Mini-Sessions at Bierwagen's Farm in Grass Valley.

From our 2016 Fall Mini-Sessions at Bierwagen's Farm in Grass Valley.

What It Means To Be a Creative

Hey friends,

Recently, we were asked to be a part of a photo shoot with Honeybook and The Rising Tide Society as part of their collaborative re-branding (you might have seen our behind-the-scenes images from Katie a couple months back) but we were so excited to get the final images from Kat Alves this week, which turned out beautiful! 

It was a real honor being a part of this project, and work with such a fabulous team, whom share the same sentiments of community we are committed to.  As part of their re-launch, we were asked to talk about what it means to be a creative & support the creative community.  Since we own separate creative businesses, as well as GATHER & MILL together, we share multiple views on the subject and would love to recollect and elaborate on our thoughts...

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For Erica, who also owns and runs Tin Roof Farmhouse full-time, being a creative "means EVERYTHING!!!"  She continues, "I definitely feel I've found my way home starting my own business, sharing what I love with others to make their wedding day or event a true reflection of themselves & their vision. I love bringing authenticity to the wedding industry through pieces that have stories to tell.  Sourcing & styling my collections is what makes me happy!  And finding an industry & community that supports this has been truly amazing!  I'm thrilled to be a part of this network."

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For Katie, who also owns Katie White Photography, being a creative is a responsibility that ignites her passions in a way nothing else can really compare.  She says, "I could go on forever about the personal meanings behind capturing love and life on my camera, and what a huge honor it is that people trust me in those ways.  I'm a deep-feeling person who sometimes gets lost in expressing how I view the world around me, but photography allows me the opportunity to focus on the beauties of life, while connecting with others; I'm able to reveal the best parts of myself that I normally would feel too vulnerable to share.  To me, that's what makes being a creative so unique and amazing...  I feel very lucky to be a part of the creative community, I'm in good company."

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The fact that we were creatives separately before bringing our visions together for GATHER & MILL was a huge stepping stone for launching the space we share.  We both feel that getting the chance to curate a shop full of talented artisans is a dream come true because we get to support other people's dreams & livelihoods.  In a time where walls are being built, we want to be the bridge builders.  We want our space to reflect creativity, love and collaboration.  We don't just want to preach ideals, but manifest real community connections.  That's why, when you come into our space, we hope you will leave feeling welcomed and inspired.

Katie White & Erica Henderson

All photos by Kat Alves

Behind the Scenes with Honeybook & Kat Alves

Hey friends,

We had a very exciting morning over here at GATHER & MILL ~ Our friends at Honeybook came by to interview us and capture our space, and it was quite the experience!  Our shop & warehouse was photographed by the amazingly talented Kat Alves Photography, so we know the images will be incredible, and we can't wait to see them.  We were so honored to be a part of this project, which will highlight creatives in a variety of fields and the spaces they work in; we're happy to hear that our girlfriends over at Hex & The Studio Collective (which are both based in Grass Valley) will be highlighted in their feature as well.

We will definitely keep you up to date with the final images, but for now, here are some behind the scene images from Katie White Photography.  Enjoy!

Katie White & Erica Henderson

Recap & Announcements

Hi friends,

Wow, thank you for a fabulous Grand Opening weekend Grass Valley!  We're still reveling in the fun moments and exceptional support we received from the community.  We love you all and appreciate the tremendous feedback!  We are currently closed due to finishing up a few projects (including more remodeling to the exterior of the building, and launching our online shop so that friends near and far can shop with us- yay!) but we are THRILLED to announce we'll be opening full-time beginning June 1st: Sunday-Friday from 10-5pm and Saturday from 10-6pm.

Until then, be sure to check out our calendar of upcoming events.  Erica (co-founder of GATHER & MILL and owner of Tin Roof Farmhouse) will be teaching a Dreamcatchers Workshop on June 28th, which you can sign up for now.  We will also be adding Up-cyling Jeans, Calligraphy, Macrame and Beginning Photoshop Classes to the calendar in the next week or so, as well.... so stay tuned!

Katie (co-founder of GATHER & MILL and owner of Katie White Photography) will also be hosting two upcoming dates for private photography sessions (specifically for visual portraits and head shots) on June 12th and 19th from 10-6pm, so book your spot today by clicking the previous link.

We're also excited to offer *venue space* for events (which will include rentals provided by Tin Roof Farmhouse and professional styling).  Our website is in the process of being updated with photos of the space, inspiration for decorating, and different packages that work with your time & budget!  There's much to look forward to, so please keep checking back!

Until then, enjoy these lovely photos from our Grand Opening weekend by Megan Clouse Photography, whom is a dear friend and supporter of GATHER & MILL!

Katie White & Erica Henderson


Grand Opening & Pop-Up Party!

Hey everyone!

A lot has been going on around here at GATHER & MILL since our "Soft Launch" and Pop-Up Shop last month; we had a really sweet turnout for the event, and lots of positive feedback that we've used to propel us forward.  We've added more products made by artisans whom we are so honored to represent, put together some awesome workshops that we'll be announcing within the next few days, and given the GATHER & MILL building a long overdue makeover!  We're excited to welcome everyone & share all that's new at our upcoming Grand Opening, this Thursday thru Sunday.

If you're planning on attending the big event, you'll be able to shop beautiful home & lifestyle products in our GATHER & MILL retail space, and we'll also have some fun activities happening to get the whole community involved, including: a raffle to win some awesome GATHER & MILL products, astrology readings, DIY creative workshops, music, photo booth fun, food & drink vendors including Fluff Confections & Fable Coffee AND you'll be able to shop the following Pop-Up Vendors:
*8103 Clothing Inc.
*Sanctuaire Designs
*LuLaRoe with Danielle Noble
*Flower arrangements by Dinner Bell Farms

So, you see?!  LOTS to look forward to this weekend in Grass Valley!  This is just the beginning of eventful gatherings at GATHER & MILL, and we hope you'll help us celebrate by stopping by...
Thursday from 2-6pm
Friday from 2-6pm (After Party from 6-8!!)
Saturday & Sunday from 10-6pm

Katie White & Erica Henderson

PS- Special thanks to Lenkaland Photography for capturing these pretty photos at our Soft Launch last month, here's a sneak peek :)


It Takes a Village

Hey everyone!

Whew, we've been working hard to pull everything together in time for our GATHER & MILL soft opening and Pop-Up Shop next month, and we're so excited for you to see our visions come to life! We are thrilled to put COMMUNITY at the forefront of our mission, by bringing artisans together and hosting fun workshops for people of all ages & levels of experience. Also, our shop is filling up with amazingly talented vendors from near & far who directly reflect our aesthetic & ethics: always keeping sustainability and style in mind! We are confident that you will absolutely love what GATHER & MILL has to offer once we open our doors this Spring.

That being said, we are putting every bit of ourselves into this new business in order to reach our goals & give back to our community, but we can't do it alone. It truly takes a village! We have launched our Indiegogo campaign & are SO thankful to the generous contributors who have already helped us conquer our mission, and who realize we are committed to making this a beautiful and successful space for people who want to be inspired together.

We would be so humbled and completely honored if you would take a little time to learn more about our campaign & help us attain our goals!  Just click the link above or below (in photo).  Thank you SO much ahead of time. We love you all and can't wait to share our space with you! ❤

Katie White & Erica Henderson

Photo by Lydia Photography

Photo by Lydia Photography

Pop-Up Shop Dates Announced!

Hey everyone!

Our first two pop-up shops have just been announced on our social media accounts!  Here's the deets!  Please let us know if you have any questions, we'd love to help make this a successful event for all!

Erica Henderson & Katie White

Coming Soon...

Hey everyone!

We've been getting our hands dirty lately to bring a new venture to fruition for the Grass Valley community and surrounding areas.  Located in the bustling historic downtown area, our heavily-trafficked space is central and accommodating to the public, and perfectly situated for what's in store.  While our website and shop is still under construction (please bear with us!) and won't be officially launched until mid-April 2017, we wanted to give everyone a little sneak peek into what's coming together...  and we hope you join in on our excitement; we encourage your ideas and input!  Please read on to learn more about what you can expect, and how YOU can directly be a part of the GATHER & MILL community.

So what is GATHER & MILL all about anyway?  Well first, you can read about our story in the about section of our website, to learn a little more about what inspired GATHER & MILL and why the owners felt that opening this space was the natural next step for both of their life's journeys.

When we officially open our doors in the spring, GATHER & MILL will proudly host fun and reasonably priced workshops & gatherings for the community.  We will also have a beautifully unique, well-curated shop with sustainability and style in mind.  Some things you can look forward to seeing in the shop are home goods, ethically-made clothing & accessories, jewelry, textiles, art of many mediums and gift items!  We look forward to working with creatives and vendors who take pride in the quality of their goods and artistic talents.

...and that's where YOU come in!!  We are currently taking applications for workshop instructors, and consignment vendors.  Our consignment vendors will be hand selected by the owners to reflect our aesthetic and vision.   If you're interested in selling consignment in our shop, please fill out the form on our contact page.

If you are interested in teaching a workshop, we would also love to hear from you as well!  Here are just *some* ideas of what we'd love to see come to life in our awesome space (but we're completely open to suggestions and ideas...  opportunities are endless!)

-Headshots Session
-Mini Sessions
-Styled Workshop for Photographers
-Beginner’s Basics
-Proud Mama's Photo Basics

Plants & Florals
-Flower Crowns
-Bouquet Basics
-Native Gardening in the Sierra Nevada Foothills
-Herbal Classes

-Wine and Paint Nights
-Acrylics and Water Based Paints

-Beginner’s Basics in Indigo Dyeing
-Beginner's Basics in Tie-Dyeing

-Beginner’s Basics
-Hand-sewn stitches
-Embroidery Basics

-Safety Course
-Torch Basics
-Beads & Pendants
-Small Sculptures

Upcycled Jeans
-Beginner’s Basics

Kids & Youth
-Preschool Paint
-Embroidery Basics
-Song & Dance
-Yoga for youth

-Beginner’s Basics
-Wine and Calligraphy Nights

-Karaoke Kings & Queens
-Guitar for Beginners
-Voice Lessons

-Beginner's Basics

-Beginner's Basics

We will be updating the community as we make changes and add workshops to our calendar, so stay in touch by following along here, and on social media.  You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thanks for your time, and we hope to meet you in our beautiful space soon!!

Erica Henderson and Katie White